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Indigenous women's groups call on parties to commit to long-term funding.

All parties have told CBC News they promise to earmark long-term funding for Indigenous women's organizations. They have also indicated — at various points through their campaign trails — they would implement Yukon's sing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two Spirit (MMIWG2S+) strategy, which was released in December.

Key points for next government:
  • Implementation principle of the strategy: SustainabilityPartners must come together and invest in changing systems, improving services, providing comprehensive, multi-year funding and in developing First Nations and Yukon service providers in all relevant fields over the long term to embed changes.
  • Community Safety & Justice: 2.6 Violence Prevention and Response Programs: Review violence prevention and response programs and services and associated funding programs in Yukon to improve sustainability, positive outcomes and alignment with First Nations needs.
  • Economic Independence & Education: 3.2 Post-Secondary Education and Professional Development:Improve funding for and access to culturally relevant career counselling, post-secondary education programs, and community education outreach.
  • Community Action & Accountability: 4.5 Indigenous Women’s Organizations: Informed by a co-developed funding assessment process, provide adequate, long-term funding for Indigenous women’s organizations that supports effectiveness and enhances collaboration.

Press Release from President of Board of Directors for Yukon Aboriginal Women's Council Terri Szabo- April 8th, 2021 can be found here.

CBC News Story: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/yukon-election-indigenous-women-s-groups-1.5982391